Oral Examinations in Kamloops
Your dentist uses oral examinations as a method of identifying oral health issues. With regular, twice-yearly oral exams, your dentist has the opportunity to monitor oral health and make a plan to treat issues.
During your exam, your dentist will closely examine the health of your teeth, gums, jaw, and test your bite. Exams may also include dental X-rays, an oral cancer screening, and other diagnostic procedures.
Oral Cancer Screening
Any part of the mouth of surrounding tissues can be affected by oral cancer. During your oral cancer exam, your dentist will check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, and gums for any signs of oral cancer that may be difficult to detect with the naked eye.
Oral Health Care at Home
As part of maintaining your oral health care between dental appointments, brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time, and floss at least once a day.
Hygiene Cleaning in Kamloops
Before or after your oral exam, your dental hygienist will perform a deep cleaning of your teeth and gums to prevent and treat disease.
First, a scaler is used to remove any tartar and plaque build-up. After, your hygienist will use a polisher and coarse toothpaste to remove any leftover stains or plaque, followed by thorough flossing of your teeth and gums.
Fluoride is a natural mineral that can assist with the rebuilding of mineral loss in your tooth enamel to help prevent or slow tooth decay. If you or your child has a high risk of tooth decay, your dentist may recommend a fluoride treatment.